New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil has given a green signal to the CBI for prosecuting Uttarakhand High Court Justice Nirmal Yadav in connection with a land scam in Solan (Himachal Pradesh) during her tenure in the Punjab and Haryana High Court from November 2004 to February 2010.
The land deal relates to a 11.1-bigha plot reportedly owned by Justice Yadav â€”who will retire on March 4 â€” her brother and relatives in Solan district.
The Presidential sanction has been given on the recommendations of Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia and the Law Ministry, sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan confirmed today.
Earlier, Justice Yadav had faced charges of corruption following delivery of Rs 15 lakh in cash at the doorstep of another Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 13, 2008. The suitcase containing the cash had been sent to Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, who had lodged a police complaint after receiving the money.
It was then alleged that the cash was actually meant for Justice Yadav but was delivered to Justice Kaur becauseof some similarity in their names. The CBI had, however, closed this case for lack of evidence. She was subsequently transferred to Uttarakhand HC on February 11, 2010.